Apple iMovie - Everything about the latest version of the video editing app

iMovie is a free video editing program provided by Apple. The app can be used on macOS as well as iOS and iPadOS to merge videos, photos, digitally created graphics and audio. Furthermore, titles with individual or predefined backgrounds can be displayed and individual video elements can be cut together with transitions. In the end, a finished video can be exported, even with up to 4K resolution. Apple advertises its iMovie app with the fact that (amateur) films can also be made in it, just as powerful as Final Cut Pro but the app isn't...

With the iMovie app from Apple, videos can be cut, edited and assembled into a film on Mac, iPhone and iPad. Effects, filters, transitions, tools for correction and adjustments and much more are available. Audio is not forgotten here either.

With the iMovie app from Apple, videos can be cut, edited and assembled into a film on Mac, iPhone and iPad. Effects, filters, transitions, tools for correction and adjustments and much more are available. Audio is not forgotten here either.

iMovie System Requirements

In the Apple App Store for Mac, iPhone and iPad you will find an iMovie version that suits your device and the operating system installed on it. Do you use an older system, e.g. For example, if you're running macOS 10.15 Catalina on a Mac, iMac, MacBook, or Mac mini that isn't Big Sur or Monterey compatible, you may want to refrain from uninstalling iMovie. Because in the App Store you will find under the system requirements the note that at least macOS 11.5.1 is required to download the latest version.
(Status: mid-January 2022, iMovie version 10.3.1)

iMovie offers these possibilities

In addition to simply cropping video files and adding music or voiceovers, there are many other options in the Apple iMovie app. Videos with a resolution of up to 4K can be trimmed, merged with transitions and adjusted in other ways. The following tools and filters can be used for visual adjustment:

  • Color balance
  • Color correction
  • trimming
  • stabilization
  • graphic filter

Furthermore, the audio of the inserted clips can be adjusted, aligned with each other or completely changed by adding additional audio tracks. For even stronger effects, there are also editing options in iMovie. It is true that special effects can hardly be implemented, but at least a green screen can be cut out of the image and a different background can be inserted. Split-screen and picture-in-picture sequences can also be created. With all these possibilities, Apple iMovie can already keep up with cheap to medium-priced video software, such as those offered by Apple. B. of Magix is ​​offered.

Advantage of iMovie: Sharing movie projects from different devices

Not only is there iMovie for the iPhone and iPad to edit the videos recorded with it directly on the mobile device. For some time now, the corresponding projects can also be transferred to the Mac in order to continue working on them there. The whole thing has been possible since mid-2021 and iMovie version 10.2.4 – here is my post on the subject. In addition to the project transfer between the various devices, there were also new backgrounds and an improvement in image stabilization at the time. 

In 2021, the iMovie app has grown quite a bit in terms of its range of functions. Not only iPhone and iPad projects can be further edited on the Mac. The Cinemativ Mode of the iPhone 13 can now also be used on Mac models with macOS 12 or later.

In 2021, the iMovie app has grown quite a bit in terms of its range of functions. Not only iPhone and iPad projects can be further edited on the Mac. The Cinemativ Mode of the iPhone 13 can now also be used on Mac models with macOS 12 or later.

Since iMovie 10.3, the Apple Mac can also do this Cinematic mode be used. This is a video option for alternately focusing on objects or people in a scene. This was with the iPhone 13 (Pro) implemented and required on Mac at least macOS 12 Monterey. Clips recorded with the iPhone 13 or newer can be equipped with focus points, sharpness settings and other "cinema effects" on the Apple computer. So if you use current Apple devices, you can get a lot out of the videos made here.

Learn more about iMovie from Apple

The iMovie app from Apple is ideal if you want to learn about video editing, edit a holiday video, implement a multimedia school project or edit a film with free software. Various filters, effects, transitions, adjustments and tools for improving the source material are available for this purpose. What else is possible with the software, Apple shows on the corresponding Website on. There you will also find further links, for example to free training materials for teachers. 

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